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Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2017 – Tuesday

There is no “typical” Tuesday in the Coast Guard, but this blog features a snippet of what the Coast Guard was up to on Tuesdays during the month of February. From Antarctica to Key West, with old and new assets, the Coast Guard carried out missions vital to protecting and securing our national interests.

Heading south for winter: 26 people rescued trapped in Antarctic ice

The 157 crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departed the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station Feb. 9, 2015 after successfully completing the surface vessel portion of Operation Deep Freeze 2015, which provided military logistical support to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program…

Headed south for the winter: Icebreaking 101

Cutter Polar Star breaking ice

Simple physics explains the process of icebreaking: two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. The 150-person crew of Polar Star uses that principle to open the channel for cargo and fuel ships to deliver vital supplies to the scientists and support personnel at McMurdo Station as part of Operation Deep Freeze.

A guardian for all seasons

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw breaking ice in this illustration of a Coast Guard photo by Ensign Guillermo Colom. Click the image to watch a video of ice breaking operations aboard the Mackinaw. While last weekend may have marked the official beginning of Spring, the Coast Guard finds itself operating in a bevy of different weather

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itCG – ice breaking begins, EPIRB rescue, arming helicopters, video of the year

In this file photo, the Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay clears a path through the icy waters of the Hudson River. The Penobscot Bay is on its way to the Great Lakes to augment the other eight ice breakers assigned to Operations Taconite and Coal Shovel. (USCG photo PA3 Mike Hvozda) Click the image to

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itCG-plane crash search, kayaker rescues, arctic concerns

Coast Guard has been searching for five people who were onboard a plane that went down yesterday afternoon about 20 miles off the West coast of Florida near Tampa. Remains and debris have been recovered. The crash is under investigation. Story here Coast Guard has responded to two separate kayakers in distress in the Bering

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